Craft Distilling
195 Pages

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Craft Distilling


195 Pages

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  • Many people have experienced great success making their own beer or wine at home.  In recent years a number of hobbyists have become interested in making distilled spirits.   However, distilled spirits are more complicated to produce, and the process presents unique safety issues. In addition, alcohol distillation without a license is illegal in most countries, including the United States and Canada.

    From mashing and fermenting to building a small column still, Craft Distilling is a complete guide to  creating high-quality  whiskey, rum and more at home. Experienced brewer, distiller, and self- reliance expert Victoria Redhed Miller shares a wealth of invaluable information including:

    • Quality  Spirits 101:  Step-by-step recipes and techniques
    • Legal Liquor: An overview of the licensing process in the United States and Canada
    • Raising the Bar: Advocacy for fair regulations for hobby distillers

    This unique resource will show you everything you need to know to get started crafting top-quality spirits on a small scale – and do it legally. Sure to appeal to hobbyists, homesteaders, self-sufficiency enthusiasts, and anyone who cares about fine food and drink, Craft Distilling is the ideal offering for independent spirits.

    Victoria Redhed Miller is a writer, photographer and homesteader who lives on a forty-acre off-grid farm in northwest Washington State with her husband David. She strives to enhance  her family's self-reliance through solar energy, gardening, food preservation, raising heritage  poultry,  blacksmithing,  and other traditional skills Victoria is the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks.

    Schedule A – Table of Contents

    Part One: Distillation

    Chapter 1: Distill my own liquor? Really?
    Chapter 2: The basics of distillation
    Chapter 3: Safety concerns with distilling
    Chapter 4: From beer to whiskey
    Chapter 5: But do you save money making your own?
    Sidebar: WA State rule about ingredients
    Chapter 6: Mashing and fermentation
    Chapter 7: Small-scale aging of liquor
    Sidebar: sourcing used barrels
    Chapter 8: Gin
    Sidebar: Growing my own juniper berries and other botanicals for flavoring gin.
    Chapter 9: Vodka
    Sidebar: Making flavored vodkas and infusions.
    Chapter 10: You say whiskey, and I say whisky...
    Chapter 11: Scotch-style single-malt whiskey
    Sidebar: Can I call my single-malt whiskey Scotch?
    Chapter 12: Rum
    Chapter 13: Sunchokes and other distilling experiments
    Sidebar: Sunchokes and the fuel-ethanol industry
    Chapter 14: Other uses for your distillation skills
    Chapter 15: Build my own still? Really?
    Chapter 16: The home distillery
    Sidebar: Facility requirements and location
    Chapter 17: The farm distillery
    Sidebar: The tasting room
    Chapter 18: Starting small has big advantages
    Chapter 19: Get organized and plan ahead
    Chapter 20: Malting grains for distilling
    Chapter 21: Bottling and labeling
    Sidebar: WA exemption when spirits are sold in-state
    Chapter 22: Storing your finished liquor (as if you'll need to)
    Chapter 23: Make your own bitters
    Chapter 24: A few classic cocktail recipes
    Sidebar: Homemade tonic water

    Part Two: Distilling liquor legally
    Chapter 25: It all started when...
    Chapter 26: But I just want to make booze for myself!
    Chapter 27: New Zealand: A model of legal home distillation
    Chapter 28: New York's Farm Distillery Act
    Chapter 29: The legal fine print: Current WA State and Federal laws
    Sidebar: What is the penalty if I am caught illegally distilling liquor?
    Sidebar: WA State Liquor Control Board
    Sidebar: Don't be afraid of the process, but do be prepared to be patient.
    Chapter 30: Taxes and other facts of distilling life
    Chapter 31: What do you mean, I HAVE to sell it?

    Part Three: Call to action
    Chapter 32: If it's a “sin,” why do so many monks make booze?
    Chapter 33: I'm trying to do the right thing here!
    Chapter 34: I knew I'd be asked this question...
    Chapter 35: Let's raise the bar

    Appendix A: Checklist: The licensing process (WA State and Federal)
    Appendix B: Resources for information, equipment, and a lot more



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    Published 14 December 2015
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    EAN13 9781550926040
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